AMD R9 290X Review

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AMD R9 290X Review

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For such a high-end, range topping card the cooler is distinctly unimpressive. Normally we don't mind because we know that no-one buys the reference models. However, the rumour is that AMD aren't allowing companies to apply their own cooler at the moment (DirectCU II, Twin Frozr III etc). This means that you're stuck with the AMD offering. It's never been either the quietest nor the best looking cooler and things haven't changed with the 290X.

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No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. There are no Crossfire fingers on the 290X. All the Crossfire work is done via the PCI Express slots now, so there is no need for a bridge. We have yet to receive confirmation that this arrangement will work on older chipsets such as the X58 or earlier, but if we do we'll let you know either on our forums or as an edit in our conclusion.

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The business end of the 290X is the same as the other Radeon cards, with an HDMI, a DisplayPort and two DVIs. 

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Here is the switch that changes the card from Silent Mode to Uber Mode. Silent mode has its drawbacks, as we will see on the next page.

All in all we're rather disappointed with the looks of the R9 290X. With the GTX Titan/780/770 cooler it was clearly something different and anyone casually glancing at your rig would know you had something special in it. With the R9 290X it could anything from a HD5870 to what it is. A bit of flair, especially at this price, wouldn't go amiss.

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AMD R9 290X PCB     AMD R9 290X Cooler  

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Most Recent Comments

24-10-2013, 01:44:09

What a shame like everyone else i suppose i was really hoping this card was gonna be a beast and to be let down like a lead balloon....... sigh! Lets just hope AMD get their finger out their asses and let the 3rd party vendors loose and see if they can pick them up again so it's a least a half decent card and sooner rather than later!!Quote

24-10-2013, 02:01:20

Well Guv? Time to go get an MSI 780? Need a new card pretty badly.
Edit: or I could pull the trigger on getting one and watercooling that puppy....Quote

24-10-2013, 02:11:56

Thanks for the review, but I think its hardly fair to compare it to oc cards, it seems to compete well against stock titan and 780s, but amd really the bed on the cooler, though I cant complain seeing how much cheaper it is to titan and 780; would love to see another review when asus's direct cu II triple slot rog version come out, I bet it will give the titan oc/780 lightning a run for their money Quote

24-10-2013, 02:19:24

Well it'll be interesting to see what it can achieve once the 3rd party water blocks hit the market which i dare say wont be long! but at the temps its running you'd want to be running dual loop so it dosen't effect the cooling of your other components to much.Quote

24-10-2013, 02:23:31

Pretty sure the EK block is out already.Quote

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